No text has had a greater influence on attitudes toward gay people than the biblical book of Leviticus, which prohibits sex between men. Before Leviticus was composed, outright prohibitions against homosexual sex — whether between men or women — were practically unheard-of in the ancient world. Chapter 18 of Leviticus contains a list of forbidden incestuous acts, followed by prohibitions against sex with a menstruating woman, bestiality and various other sexual acts.
Parallel Translations The Amplified Bible You must not have intercourse with your father's wife's daughter; begotten by your father, she is your sister; you shall not uncover her nakedness. American Standard Version The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. Darby's Translation The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father: she is thy sister: thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
The first five books of the bible, collectively known as the Pentateuch or, in Jewish terms, the Torah, are what Jesus referred to in the verse above. Since opponents of marriage equality consistently refer to a biblical form of marriage, it is worth considering the place of marriage within these books. It is important to note that although there are many references to marriage, and some laws around sexual interactions, there is no definition as such within any of these books.
Adultery is sexual relations in which at least one participant is married to someone else. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Within marriage, sexual relations are designed to unify husband and wife, to be a source of enjoyment  and to result in children. For example:.
I am the LORD. Do not have sexual intercourse with any of your relatives. You must not disgrace your own mother.
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It narrates part of the instructions which, according to the Bible, were given to Moses by God on biblical Mount Sinai. The chapter deals with a number of sexual activities considered unclean or abominable. Although the chapter is principally concerned with incestit also contains laws related to bestiality and "lying with a man as with a woman. Leviticus 18 is generally regarded as part of the Holiness Code of Leviticus 17—26, and its sexual prohibitions are largely paralleled by Leviticus 20 except that chapter has more emphasis on punishment.
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Leviticus 18 almost entirely consists of various laws on sexual relations, primarily as concerns illicit partners. The human author of Leviticus is evidenced herein as being Moses Lv. This and other such statements  oppose the Documentary Hypothesis of authorship. Leviticus as a whole is basically divided into three basic sections.